uncertain characteristics of cast paper encourage me
to explore outside of my comfort zone. It reflects my
personal exploration of dimension and texture and pushes
me to create basics of new expression."
Brian Miller is a multi-faceted
artist whose personality clearly expresses itself in
his art with crisp colors, interesting textures, unique
forms and strong compositions. Preferring not to limit
his creative expression, he works in such varied mediums
as sculpture, collage, acrylic on canvas and cast paper.
When asked how he creates his
cast paper pieces, Miller explains that each piece is
created by casting 100% cotton paper on molds that he
makes in his studio. Once the platter shape is dry, it
is primed with gesso; Miller then he determines the composition.
Color is added in the form of acrylic pigments, oil paints,
metallic inks and powders, as well as gold, copper, silver
and variegated composition metal leaf. The iridescent
and metallic paints add depth; hand-made mosaic tiles
add texture and the imported gold leaf add richness.
Accent lines are created using composition gold leafing.
The last step in this labor-intensive process is to apply
multiple coats of epoxy resin. This protective coating
not only adds stability but also creates a glass-like
"Each piece is truly unique,
challenging," Miller says, "and affords me
the opportunity to explore many aspects of my artistic
vision." ~ Brian Miller